Chateau de Rayne Vigneau 1998

Chateau de Rayne Vigneau – First Growth Sauternes

Bill Blatch: Stop and ask an old timer in the Sauternes vineyards which he thinks is the best vineyard after Yquem and he will always say « Rayne Vigneau”. It is unique in having a uniform soil of regular depths of gravel over clay and has great exposure. Yet it is traditionally never the heaviest or sweetest First Growth. This ’98 seems almost to be a deliberate attempt at lightness of touch, almost Barsac in style. The oak comes through nicely into the fresh fruit flavours and the gentle soft sweetness makes for a great balance. If you are looking for a heavy pudding wine, then you must drink the ’97, but if you want a good aperitif Sauternes that won’t cloy the palate, this ’98 is all charm and finesse.

£207.56 / case

Wine Advocate – Score 88-90/100: Delicate honeyed nose.
International Wine Cellar – Score 88+/100: Medium yellow. Reticent, slightly high-toned nose.
Wine Spectator – Score 88/100: Pear tart, cream and honey aromas.

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